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The never-ending injuries. The uncertainty leading into the Feb. 20 trade deadline. Whether the Lakers (14-21) will miss the postseason for only the sixth time in franchise history. But that didn’t stop Kupchak from uttering words about Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni perhaps foreign to what’s written on message boards and voiced on the airwaves. “Six weeks ago, I thought he would’ve been candidate for coach of the year,” Kupchak said, praising D’Antoni on how he managed a roster full of castoffs despite never-ending injuries. “A month and a half later, our record is what it is. I know I’ll get criticized and he’ll get criticized. But the coaches in this league can’t win without players. That’s my job. I thought we were deep enough in the backcourt. Maybe we weren’t. But you can’t win in this league without players.” Los Angeles Daily News

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Just five days ago, before the Los Angeles Lakers played the Philadelphia 76ers, coach Mike D'Antoni was asked why Kendall Marshall had appeared in only two out of the five games (in garbage time) the Lakers had since the former college standout joined the team. "I don't know him," D'Antoni said at the time. "I've seen him play maybe two minutes. I don't think we're at the point where, 'Oh, let's experiment.'" ESPN.com

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After a night's rest to clear his head, Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni backtracked from comments he made following a 117-90 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Monday, when he suggested that fans who are discouraged by the Lakers this season should "find another team to root for." "I was an idiot last night," D'Antoni said after a light practice Tuesday in advance of the Lakers' Christmas Day showdown with the Miami Heat. "I was out of my mind. I was ticked off. We didn't play well and said some stuff I shouldn't have. It was stupid. That's me, I just made a mistake." ESPN.com

D'Antoni, who has guided L.A. to a 13-15 start despite major injuries to Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar, also attempted to clarify his postgame remarks. "To me, the meaning is this: We got a team that needs to overachieve and we have a lot of injuries and we're in a tough state right now," said D'Antoni, referring to the Lakers losing six of their last nine games, including two straight by a combined 46 points. "So, we need everybody to be pulling with us and it's going to take the whole village to get this done. That was the meaning. I just said it wrong and it came out wrong because I was agitated. But I apologize, and we'll move on. But we need everybody to be behind these guys. They're going to play as hard as they can play." ESPN.com

The Lakers also have missed Nash, who has played just six games and is expected to be out at least another month. Even Nash has said he doesn't know what to expect once he returns. With a decimated roster, the Lakers could be headed for the draft lottery. D'Antoni, however, still plans to keep fighting for a playoff spot. "I'm not going to crush or fade or 'woe is me,' " D'Antoni said. "There is no time for that." Yahoo! Sports

Despite losing both legs of a two-game road trip through Golden State and Phoenix by a combined 46 points, Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni was defiant when a reporter suggested fans have become "discouraged" by the team's 13-15 start to the season. "Why would I be discouraged?" D'Antoni said. "We're fighting with a bunch of good guys that played well before and they'll play [well] again. If [the fans] are discouraged, then, you know, find another team to root for. I'm all right. We're not going to give up. Are you kidding me? Discouraged? That's not even fair to these guys." ESPN.com

"[Missing] the playmaking is a big deal, there's no doubt about it," D'Antoni said after L.A. mustered only 12 assists on its 30 field goals. "But again, we're going to be fine. I don't want to keep harping. I know we have excuses. We're not going to hang our heads and we're going to go out and we're going to battle Wednesday [against the Miami Heat on Christmas Day] and we'll get this done." ESPN.com

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